Caleb Bragg Wins At IMS - May 1910

The attachment below contains an image which orginally appeared in the May 31, 1910 Indianapolis Star. It ran in support of the May 1910 race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The May 1910 race meet weekend included "national championships," a newly-announced distinction by the American Automobile Association (AAA) for select race meets. Car manufacturers were keen to make a great showing. Check out other articles that provide additional summaries on the results of the races staged May 27 and May 28 elsewhere on First Super Speedway.
This image is of Caleb Bragg in his privately-owned Fiat during the event weekend. The photo supported an article that, among other things, described Bragg's victory over Ben Kerscher in the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup-winning Darracq. Check out other references to Bragg on First Super Speedway.

Notes on Caleb Bragg
During the Heroic Age when "newspapermen" wrote about Caleb Bragg he was frequently described as a "millionaire Chesterfield." In the parlance of the day, that would translate to something like, "playboy" today. To the extent that anything is written about him now, the label still sticks.
While the description may have been partially true it's inadequate in summing up the totality of the man. It's not like there are vast volumes of information about Bragg but his accomplishments were significant enough just a quick Google search yields enough meat for a decent read.

After earning a baccalaureate at Yale, Bragg studied in an MIT graduate program in engineering. During his college days he became fascinated with racing. His family's wealth came in handy as he always had the tools of his passion readily available.
Among his early post-college acquisitions was a Fiat racecar. He lived in Cincinnati and began traveling the country with the big machine entering races. He quickly became a national figure when he got the better of America's first racing superstar, Barney Oldfield, in a match race on the country's first board speedway, the mile-long saucer known as Playa Del Rey.
Pictured here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he gave a good accounting of himself in the Brickyard's first full-fledged auto race meet in May 1910. He went on to race in the Indianapolis 500 three times but his biggest racing accomplishment was probably his victory in the 1912 American Grand Prize.
Bragg had a fascination with engines and could not resist experiencing what they could do in airplanes and boats. He became an accomplished pilot and won three consecutive Detroit hydrofest championships from 1923 through 1925.
Want to learn more about Caleb Bragg as well as his life and times? You can, but you have to dig into First Super Speedway... For gosh sakes, enjoy yourself!


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